The false promise of the COP 22 and the challenges ahead

Published in The Ecologist. by Alexander Pfeiffer [1], Elizabeth Dirth [2], and Alex Clark [3] After the hastily-agreed Paris deal, the COP22 climate negotiations in Marrakech were given the mammoth task of making it all happen. Despite presenting a united front against Trump’s climate denial, COP22 drew to a close having achieved little of substance. Momentum for non-state action is growing, but sustaining it will require much

November 24th, 2016|COP 22, Thought Pieces|

Can Marrakech COP22 solve the unfinished tasks of Paris COP21?

By Yanzhu Zhang [1] and Alexander Pfeiffer [2] In December 2015, the 21st conference of the parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) had made a decisive turning point in the world’s endeavour to avert dangerous changes in our climate. 195 nations pledged to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. The COP21 in Paris was a historic

November 17th, 2016|COP 22, Thought Pieces|

The highest stakes of the presidential election — What a President Trump means for climate change

By Alexander Pfeiffer [1] and Elizabeth Dirth [2] When I went to bed yesterday I had the strange feeling that this would happen. The same strange feeling I had the night before the Brexit but back then I dismissed this feeling as irrational. I watched the beginning of the election together with many COP22 participants from around the world in Marrakech’s Royal Mirage Deluxe Hotel. It was a strange

November 11th, 2016|COP 22, Thought Pieces|

The COP process (I): Acronyms, Actions, and Agreements

by Elizabeth Dirth [1] and Alexander Pfeiffer [2] The concept of the Conference of the Parties (COP) on climate change was born shortly after the establishment of the UNFCCC in 1992 as governance mechanism for the convention. Engagement with and participation in the UNFCCC and the COPs has grown over time to the point where today all countries that are parties to the UNFCCC participate in the process. This

November 11th, 2016|COP 22, Thought Pieces|

Youth at the Heart of the UN Negotiations

By Elizabeth Dirth and Alexander Pfeiffer It’s a pretty existential question to ask two weeks before we fly from Amsterdam and Oxford to Marrakech in Morocco (emitting much CO2) to attend this year’s Conference of the Parties (COP) as civil society observers. Individually, we have no real influence. We have no official voice. We are not decision-makers at the UN level or executives in large companies. We cannot make agreements

November 7th, 2016|COP 22, Thought Pieces|
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